Still life painter Olley dies
Painter Margaret Olley has died at the age of 88, the Art Gallery of New South Wales said yesterday. Best known for her colorful still life paintings, Olley, who was found dead at her Sydney home, was one of the nation’s most important and respected artists. “She was a painter — there was absolutely no other career for her,” gallery director Edmund Capon said, adding that her work was in the grand tradition of still life.
Tropical storm kills seven
Seven people drowned and four are missing, while thousands fled their flooded homes as a tropical storm hit the nation, causing heavy rains and rough seas that disrupted aviation and shipping, officials said yesterday. Tropical storm Nock-ten also left two fishermen missing, while six others were rescued at sea as it approached the main island of Luzon, Civil Defense Administrator Benito Ramos said.
Catholic priest jailed again
Authorities have sent an ailing Catholic priest and one of the country’s best-known democracy activists back to jail more than a year after his release on medical parole, an official said yesterday. The Reverend Thadeus Nguyen Van Ly, 64, was escorted by police from his home at a church in Hue to Ba Sao prison outside Hanoi on Monday night, a prison official said on condition of anonymity, citing policy.
Kangaroo attacks old lady
Police used pepper spray to overpower an aggressive kangaroo after it attacked a 94-year-old woman as she tended to the laundry in her backyard. Kangaroos rarely stray into urbanized areas, but police Sergeant Stephen Perkins said yesterday two officers were sent to assist the woman, who was attacked by a “Big Red” in the town of Charleville in southwest Queensland earlier this week. “Upon alighting from the car, the kangaroo approached one of the officers, the kangaroo was aggressive and the officer had to deploy his capsicum spray to subdue the animal,” Perkins told Reuters. The kangaroo initially retreated, but spotted the second police officer and bounded toward him, and was sprayed a second time.
All voters vote: officials
All people who took part in local elections on Sunday voted for state--selected candidates and turnout was 99.97 percent, state media said yesterday. A total of 28,116 representatives were elected as deputies to assemblies at provincial, city and county level with not a single vote of opposition to the candidates, the Korean Central News Agency said. “Only those on foreign tours or working on the oceans could not take part in the election,” KCNA said. Typically, 99 percent of voters take part in elections and 99 percent of them vote for uncontested candidates.
Pork dealers sentenced
A Henan Province court yesterday handed out long sentences, including a suspended death penalty, to five people involved in producing and selling pork tainted with a poisonous chemical, Xinhua news agency said. The pigs were fed clenbuterol to produce lean meat, which sells for a premium in China, the world’s largest producer and consumer of pork. Aside from the suspended death sentence, which in practice means a life sentence, the other suspects got sentences ranging from nine years in prison to life, Xinhua said.
Israeli ‘collaborators’ killed
Hamas yesterday executed two men convicted of collaboration with Israel, the interior ministry said in a statement. It was the second time this year that the Islamist movement had carried out an execution of someone accused of “collaborating” with the Israelis. The statement did not say how the death sentence was carried out and it was not immediately clear when the two men were convicted. In May, a man referred to as A.S. was executed by firing squad after being convicted of collaboration a month earlier.
Militant vows ‘blood, tears’
Moscow’s most wanted Islamist militant Doku Umarov said the country would be the target of a newly strengthened insurgency in a video posted on an Islamist affiliated Web site on Monday. Chechen-born Umarov, 47, claimed responsibility for masterminding the January suicide bombing of Moscow’s Domodedovo International Airport, which killed 37 people. He has also promised a year of “blood and tears” for Russia ahead of parliamentary elections in December and a presidential poll next year. In the 17-minute-long video Umarov, who styles himself the Emir of the Caucasus, says his insurgency has been strengthened by overcoming recent divisions that saw three high-level militants split from his Caucasus Emirate last year.
Bodies still unidentified
The bodies of 14 migrants massacred with 58 others on a ranch in the northern state of Tamaulipas in August last year have still not been identified, Mexico City’s rights ombudsman said on Monday. Authorities blamed the Zetas drug gang for the brutal killings of 72 migrants on a ranch in San Fernando where another 193 bodies were also found in hidden graves in April. Ombudsman Luis Gonzalez Placencia told a Mexico City news conference that 14 remaining unidentified bodies from the migrant massacre had now been moved to Toluca.
Avenger accepts plea
A man who killed one US soldier and wounded another — an act he called retribution for the deaths of Muslims abroad — took an unexpected plea deal on Monday that abruptly ended his murder trial and spared him the death penalty. Abdulhakim Muhammad has repeatedly said he drove to a Little Rock, Arkansas, recruiting station, drew an assault rifle and fired on the two uniformed soldiers. On Monday, Muhammad stood before a judge and once more admitted to the shooting. Judge Herbert Wright then sentenced Muhammad to life in prison without parole for capital murder, with 11 more life sentences on the remaining charges and an additional 180 years in prison.
Amnesty says site blocked
Amnesty International said Saudi authorities on Monday blocked the group’s Web site inside the kingdom following criticism of a controversial new anti-terrorism draft law. The London-based group said the bill, which was reviewed by a Saudi government committee last month and has yet to be passed, allows authorities to prosecute peaceful dissent as a terrorist crime. Amnesty on Friday posted on its Web site the full Arabic text of the anti-terrorism draft law along with an internal review of the law by a Saudi security committee. Hours after the Web site was blocked on Monday, Amnesty moved the text of the bill to another Amnesty-administered Web site, which could be accessed by residents in the kingdom.
EVOLVING SITUATION: Of the latest cases, 23 percent were found to be asymptomatic, but the coronavirus strain in Da Nang is more contagious, authorities said A COVID-19 outbreak that began in the Vietnamese city of Da Nang more than a week ago has spread to at least four city factories with a combined workforce of about 3,700, state media reported yesterday. Four cases were found at the plants in different industrial parks in the central city that collectively employ 77,000 people, the Lao Dong newspaper said. Vietnam, praised widely for its decisive measures to combat the novel coronavirus since it first appeared in late January, is battling new clusters of infection having gone for more than three months without detecting any domestic transmissions. Authorities yesterday reported one new
‘COVIDIOTS’: Politicians condemned the protest that came amid surging infections in the country, while a marcher said government-induced fear weakened the body Loudly chanting their opposition to masks and vaccines, thousands of people on Saturday gathered in Berlin to protest against COVID-19 restrictions before being dispersed by police. Police put turnout at about 20,000 — well below the 500,000 organizers had announced as they urged a “day of freedom” from months of virus curbs. Despite Germany’s comparatively low toll, authorities are concerned at a rise in infections over the past few weeks and politicians took to social media to criticize the rally as irresponsible. “We are the second wave,” shouted the crowd, a mixture of hard left and right and conspiracy theorists, as they converged
Three Micronesian sailors stranded on a remote Pacific island have been found alive and well after a rescue team spotted their giant SOS message written into the sand on a beach. Australian and US military aircraft found the three men on tiny Pikelot island, nearly 200km west of where they had set off. Rescuers said that the men were “in good condition” with no significant injuries. The men had been missing for three days after their 7m skiff ran out of fuel and strayed off course. Authorities in the US territory of Guam raised the alarm on Saturday after the men failed to complete
A cat that went missing on a family holiday on the shores of Loch Lomond, Scotland, has been identified 12 years later. Tortoiseshell-and-white Georgie spent October half term in 2008 with her owners at the Rowardennan campsite, but vanished as they were due to return home to Greater Manchester, England. After a search of the site the Davies family departed without Georgie, hoping the three-year-old microchipped feline would be located by someone. Over the intervening 12 years, she remained close to the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park site, being fed and cared for by campsite staff and holidaymakers. After the COVID-19 pandemic hit and lockdown